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Russian Initiative Gets US, Syrian Support

Russian Initiative Gets US, Syrian Support

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Was it just an offhand remark? A gaffe? Or might John Kerry have actually meant it when he said Syria could avoid a US attack by getting rid of its

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Sinai Jihadis Use Israeli Cellular Networks

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. After Egypt shut down Sinai’s telecommunications network, jihadis turned to Israeli (and Palestinian) mobile networks. If Al-Qaida’s using Israel’s Cellcom and Orange networks, where does that leave the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions campaign?

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Media Fumbles Iranian Twitter Diplomacy

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting Twitter diplomacy. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted Happy Rosh HaShanah, then confirmed to reporters  it was indeed his tweet. There was even more buzz about president  Hasan

Clarifying, Or Detoxifying, the Record

An important correction in today’s edition of The Observer (The Guardian’s sister Sunday edition): Contrary to the impression given in “Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria” (Comment, last week, page 34), white phosphorus, used by Israeli forces in Gaza in 2008, is not a chemical

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Scrapping the BBC Trust: What This Means for Israel Activists

The BBC Trust is embroiled in a controversy over excessive payoffs to outgoing executives. British lawmakers are grilling Beeb bosses about the lack of oversight, and anger has reached the point that parliamentarians are talking about scrapping the body that governs the broadcaster and — in theory — represents the interests of taxpayers who fund

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No BDS Apology for “Shoot the Jew” Chant

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s bad enough a BDS rally at South Africa’s Witwatersrand University featured protesters chanting, “Shoot the Jew.” But Mohammed Desai, the head of South Africa’s BDS movement, poured more fuel to

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Egypt Bulldozes Homes for Gaza Buffer Zone

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Where does the world stand on intervening in Syria? Turkey will join coalition against Assad. Expect France to join in without parliamentary debate. Australia, Canada, and Britain will support from the

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Western Intervention In Syria On Hold

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. American intervention’s on hold as the White House unexpectedly seeks Congressional approval. The Wall St. Journal had best coverage of how that happened. Britain’s parliament already voted against joining an

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Syria, Israel, Warned to Act With Restraint

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Europe has put Syria — and Israel — on notice to act with restraint. YNet picked up on Arab reports: According to the officials, Assad realizes that a potential Western

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